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Old 10th May 2010, 11:01   #46
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Over to photos from Sarhi ...
thanks for sharing the photos. You "framed" the tiger well. Anyway the best photo I thought was to catch an owl sleeping. Its caption could be like "The wise one rests.." The location of your guest house seemed to be good too. I bet it must have been scary at night and no one dared to sit out in the verandah listening to the various animals' symphony at night.
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Hi Saby,

Wonderful snaps of the King of jungle.
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Hmm.. the tree house is just WOW!
At 17k for 2N3D is a little prohibitive, but totally absolutely worth it. I can't but express my utter amazement in your prowess of selecting places to stay. Awesome!

BTW, their website says there's arrangement for full day elephant safari at ~ 50K for one day. How do you think that would turn out, I mean will that be worth?
Any idea how is this whole thingy, I mean how is it better than the Jeep Safari - given the cost multiple?
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Hmm.. the tree house is just WOW!
At 17k for 2N3D is a little prohibitive, but totally absolutely worth it. I can't but express my utter amazement in your prowess of selecting places to stay. Awesome!

BTW, their website says there's arrangement for full day elephant safari at ~ 50K for one day. How do you think that would turn out, I mean will that be worth?
Any idea how is this whole thingy, I mean how is it better than the Jeep Safari - given the cost multiple?
Bandhavgarh park authorities conduct full-day elephant safari at INR 45K per elephant. From the pricing, you can make out that it is targetted for Foreign guests. At this price, it is certainly not worth - my opinion. At this price, I would rather extend my stay at Bandhavgarh and add more jeep safaris. Sightings from jeeps are so good at Bandhavgarh, that elephant safari adds no extra value. Also, if you are a photographer, then you would realize that photos from elephant-top have worse angle than those taken from Jeep.
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Unlike Kanha, Bandhavgarh doesn't have Tiger Show. They stopped this circus sometime last year.
That was a good comment

Good photos of life in jungle. Looking forward to more pics
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Saby, excellent picture. Especially the owl and the Blue bird not sure of the name, @ anyone any idea of the name?

What camera are you using, clarity is excellent.
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Saby, excellent picture. Especially the owl and the Blue bird not sure of the name, @ anyone any idea of the name?

What camera are you using, clarity is excellent.
Its an Indian Roller and the owl is a spotted owlet. Loved the entire narration. Finding Tigers in Kanha is a different experience all together where the chances are much less than say Bandhavgarh, which makes tracking these big cats a lot more tense and involving.
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I am really enjoying this travelogue! Excellent pictures.

Waiting for more.
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Bandhavgarh park authorities conduct full-day elephant safari at INR 45K per elephant. From the pricing, you can make out that it is targetted for Foreign guests. At this price, it is certainly not worth - my opinion. At this price, I would rather extend my stay at Bandhavgarh and add more jeep safaris. Sightings from jeeps are so good at Bandhavgarh, that elephant safari adds no extra value. Also, if you are a photographer, then you would realize that photos from elephant-top have worse angle than those taken from Jeep.


Okay, I also was thinking so. 45K for one day safari is definitely not worth if sightings are more or less same.
And, alongwith the camera angle, my comfort (in terms of getting scared) will also be far greater in a jeep which I know can drive quickly to run away from trouble.

That is being said with reference to this video -
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Saby, excellent picture. Especially the owl and the Blue bird not sure of the name, @ anyone any idea of the name?

What camera are you using, clarity is excellent.
SPARKled already gave the name of the bird ...

On camera, let me first clarify that I am a wildlifer but NOT a photographer. When it comes to photography, I am in the P&S camp. But trouble started when I came back from Corbett earlier this year with not even a single clip - I basically forgot to carry my P&S camera. My friends created a lot of pressure on me to blend photography with my wildlife interests. So finally I ended up buying a DSLR just one week prior to my Kanha trip. It was so new that I couldn't even go through all the complex operations as described in the instruction manual. Then another funny thing happened. Little I knew that buying a DSLR is actually a trap - once you buy it, you need to buy its eyes too without which the camera is just a blind crap. And these eyes (lens) cost way more than the body itself. One of my friends came in my rescue - she offered me her now not-in-use telephoto lens to borrow for short-time. So, all these photos are taken with that one week old Canon 550D DSLR with a borrowed telephoto lens (some snaps are with a kit lens that came with the camera). Most snaps are taken in the "default" mode (basically P&S) as I am yet to figure out the meaning of various terminologies.
So, if a snap is bad, I am 100% responsible. If it is good, 90% credit goes to the camera - I keep 10% credit for myself for framing and clicking at the right time.
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Very good ... Wonderful snaps

What is the good season for going there? I guess after monsoon it will be good. The jungle will be all green. Will look beautiful. But for seeing tigers i guess Summer is the best.
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Hi Sabynag,

Nice travelogue and wonderful snaps, also interesting to know about Camera. Now we hope all your future trips DSLR will be your companion and will be treat for us to see wonderful natural photography.
I think even in South you can capture on camera Birds and small animals
in their nature habitat.

Good luck, look forward to see more interesting stuff soon.

Cheers!
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Awesome pics!!! Any wildlife usually thrills me and good that you enjoyed the forest this time

Cant wait, continue to post.
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Default First Day, First Show at Bandhavgarh - Part I

At the time of check-in, Gauri, the resident manager of Treehouse Hideaway, asked us about our safari preferences. My response was quick - "We would like to go for morning safaris and we want to be inside the park as early as possible". Gauri assured us that it would be done. The next day morning we were waked up at 4:15am and by 4:30am, two escorts were knocking at our doors. We were told not to waste any time on bed tea - I couldn't agree more though my better half was visibly angry. Within minutes, we were on the 300m jungle trail negotiating our path with the help of a torchlight that led us to the lodge gate. Our naturalist and other guests were already waiting next to the jeep - we were late ! I realized that we were at the right place. For the first time, my level of enthusiasm got beaten by that of a lodge. Everyone jumped into the jeep and vroom we left. We were the first to reach the park gate at 4:40am. No other vehicle was in sight. The next vehicle came within 2 minutes and within 10-15 mins, there was a long queue. The gate opens at 5:40am but intense competition forced every safari operator to come in as early as possible. We had our defered bed-tea while waiting at the gate. The lodge packed a lot of drinks (hot/cold) and snacks for us.

We got route D/A - that is, route D to go upto the center point and then take route A to come out. Fellow tourists from another jeep pumped up our excitement saying that they saw cubs on route D in their previous round. Our naturalist was so confident that he asked me - "What kind of tiger sighting would you prefer ?" My reply was quick - "at a touching distance". He said that he would try.

Enough of words. Let the snaps speak the rest. But before the King appears, lets take a quick look at the supporting actors at Bandhavgarh. By no means, they are less exciting to fill the gap between two successive tiger sightings.
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Saw an email which had some photos from Hannes Lochner and I come and see these amazing photos by sabynag. Man I want to become a wildlife photographer or at least want to visit these places otherwise.
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